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By Jeroen de Kloet

Throughout the Nineties illegally imported compact discs, referred to as dakou CDs, flooded into China, commencing up the track global to chinese language early life and encouraging them to test with new sounds and new life. speedy, dakou grew to become the label for a brand new iteration of chinese language, a colourful new release not tied to the Maoist prior. according to fifteen years of fieldwork in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, China with a lower surveys the tune that emerged in Nineteen Nineties China and makes a case for its involvement within the upward push of China as a cultural and monetary worldwide energy.

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17 INTRODUCTION: GLOBAL LONGINGS WITH A CUT 33 This Book This book is driven by a double aspiration. First, to present an ethnographic account of China’s music cultures over the past two decades, with a specific focus on the end of the 1990s, when reforms, commercialisation and globalisation were in full swing. ’ (2000: 3) Second, I wish to interrogate the terms and concepts with which we describe and analyse such ethnographies. 18 Following Condry, I contend that to understand popular music in China, it is important to include the different actors and their interactions in the analysis – musicians, media industries, fans, writers, etc.

17 INTRODUCTION: GLOBAL LONGINGS WITH A CUT 33 This Book This book is driven by a double aspiration. First, to present an ethnographic account of China’s music cultures over the past two decades, with a specific focus on the end of the 1990s, when reforms, commercialisation and globalisation were in full swing. ’ (2000: 3) Second, I wish to interrogate the terms and concepts with which we describe and analyse such ethnographies. 18 Following Condry, I contend that to understand popular music in China, it is important to include the different actors and their interactions in the analysis – musicians, media industries, fans, writers, etc.

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